Don’t miss out on your chance to vote in May

6/5/10- Counting the General Election votes at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. SUS-150302-160732001
6/5/10- Counting the General Election votes at the De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill. SUS-150302-160732001
Share this article

People in Bexhill are being urged not to miss out on the chance to take part in this year’s elections – by ensuring they are registered to vote.

Rother District Council is writing to every household asking residents to check their details are correctly listed on the electoral register.

Anyone not registered will be unable to vote in the General Election, district and parish council elections being held on Thursday May 7.

People whose information is correct don’t have to do anything, but those who are not included on the register, or whose details are incorrect, are urged to add or amend their details online.

Last year marked the introduction of Individual Electoral Registration (IER) which replaced the traditional system where the ‘head of the household’ registered everyone at their property.

Malcolm Johnston, RDC executive director of resources, said: “With district and parish councils coinciding with the General Election this year, it’s more important than ever that people are registered to vote. Most people we will be writing to won’t need to do anything if their details are correctly listed, but if there are any omissions or information which is out-of-date, people will need to update their entry.

“I’d urge everyone to read carefully the letter which will be dropping onto their doormat and to check whether they need to take any action.”

As well as leaving people ineligible to vote, not being correctly registered can also have an impact on ability to obtain insurance or credit, or to apply for certain jobs.

To register or change address, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. To make any other alterations or to request a postal or proxy vote, fill in the online form at www.rother.gov.uk/elections.

To request a paper copy, call RDC on 01424 787000.